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Versions of Benford’s Law

May 20, 2010

A new arXived note by Berger and Hill discusses how [my favourite probability introduction] Feller’s Introduction to Probability Theory (volume 2) gets Benford’s Law “wrong”. While my interest in Benford’s Law is rather superficial, I find the paper of interest as it shows a confusion between different folk theorems! My interpretation of Benford’s Law is […]

More on Benford’s Law

July 10, 2009

In connection with an earlier post on Benford’s Law, i.e. the probability that the first digit of a random variable X isis approximately—you can easily check that the sum of those probabilities is 1—, I want to signal a recent entry on Terry Tiao’s impressive blog. Terry points out that Benford’s Law is the Haar […]

Benford’s Law satisfies Stigler’s Law

June 18, 2009

Looking around for other entries on Benford’s Law, I found this nice entry that attributes Benford’s Law to the astronomer Simon Newcomb, instead of Benford (who rediscovered the distribution fifty years later). This is quite in line with Stiegler’s Law of Eponymy…

surprises in probability [book review]

November 20, 2018

A very short book (128 pages, but with a very high price!) I received from CRC Press is Henk Tijms’ Surprises in Probability (Seventeen Short Stories). Henk Tijms is an emeritus professor of econometrics at the Vrije University in Amsterdam and he wrote these seventeen pieces either for the Dutch Statistical Society magazine or for […]

Monty Hall closes the door

October 1, 2017

Among much more dramatic news today, I learned about Monty Hall passing away, who achieved long lasting fame among probabilists for his TV game show leading to the Monty Hall problem, a simple conditional probability derivation often leading to arguments because of the loose wording of the conditioning event. By virtue of Stigler’s Law, the […]